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Welcome to OWW Online

Welcome to OWW Online, the website for former pupils of Westminster School, which aims to provide everything OWW could need in order to remain involved with the School after they leave. Most OWW join the Elizabethan Club (the School’s alumni association) when they start at Westminster and should be receiving invitations to events and news from the School as well as the annual OW magazine and termly OW e-newsletter. If you are an OW and are not receiving these communications please do email us on alumni@westminster.org.uk or register for this site here to update your details. As well as a full calendar of OW events (see the list on the right hand side of the screen) as an OW you can also be involved as a mentor or seek careers advice as part of the Careers and Mentoring Programme. You can also join an OW sports team and enjoy the benefits of access to the School’s new Sports Centre and facilities at Vincent Square. While you are on the website do have a look at our ‘Brief History of Westminster School’ and if that whets your appetite for more information on the history of the School, do have a look at the You Tube channel which features old films shot by pupils as well as the current School video prospectus. If you have any feedback on this site or OW activity in general please do not hesitate to contact the Development Office – we’d love to hear from you.


News

Daniel Topolski (WW, 1959-63) Memorial Service
A Memorial Service for Daniel is to be held on Monday, 29th June at 3.30 p.m, at the Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 4JJ. Afterwards, attendees are invited to Bar Topolski, 150-152 Hungerford Arches, Concert Hall Approach, South Bank, London SE1 8XU, which is about ten minutes on foot from the Church. Whilst this is an open invitation to all, if you are planning to attend please can you let Oxford University Boat Club know by emailing admin.oubc@sport.ox.ac.ukor by calling 01865 790268.
Friends of Westminster School Houses of Parliament Tour
Friends of Westminster School had a wonderful visit to the Houses of Parliament 26 March 2015. Our thanks go to Sir Peter Bottomley MP, an OW and former parent, who started us off splendidly, regaling us with anecdotes in the Jubilee Room where guests had gathered for a pre tour glass of wine. We were collected by our guides and taken through both the House of Commons and the House of Lords learning many interesting facts along the way; a bomb dropped on the Commons in World War Two and some of the magnificent pieces of furniture in the Commons were gifts from countries including Canada, Australia, India and Pakistan. Our thanks go to Dee Dee Simpson and the Friends of Westminster School Committee for organising such a special evening. Our next Friends event will be a tour of Westminster Abbey on 23 April 2015. Places are limited so do book early here.    
Calling all Young OWW!
If you’ve left the School in the last three years we may not have your up to date contact details. To stay in touch with the School’s community and make sure you don’t miss out on event invitations, please use the contact update form to let us know where you are and what you’re doing. As well as event information, we can keep you better informed about initiatives that may benefit your career or appeal to your personal interests – such as our Careers and Mentoring programme, OWW sports fixtures or School concerts or talks.
       

Majesty SFeature Article


Westminster School featured in the first episode of a new series from the BBC, Antiques Road Show Detectives, aired on BBC 2, Easter Monday at 6.30pm. The programme explores one of the most significant historic objects ever seen on the Antiques Roadshow - a painted coat of arms which claims to be a rare artefact from Oliver Cromwell’s funeral. Roadshow expert Hillary Kay traces the history of the item, discovering Westminster School’s own heraldic banner the ‘Majesty Scutcheon’ along the way.

The programme includes an interview with Head Master, Patrick Derham, revealing the Scutcheon’s interesting provenance. The banner was stolen from Cromwell’s funeral by Westminster pupil, Robert Uvedale and was handed down through his family until the 20th Century. Uvedale’s descendent, Mary Uvedale West, bequeathed the item to the school following a meeting with then Head Master, John Carleton. The Scutcheon was displayed outside the Head Master’s Study from 1964 until 2000, at which point it was conserved and moved to a bespoke case in the Greene Library within Ashburnham House.

As part of the filming the school were able to temporarily reunite our Scutcheon with three other survivals from Cromwell’s funeral at the Museum of London. Over 2,000 were created for the lavish ceremony and it is hoped that some more may come to light following the broadcast of the programme! The programme is available to view here until 4 May 2015.


 

OW Events


30th April 2015
Abbey Concert

13th May 2015
Oxford Drinks 

21st May 2015
Old Grantite's Dinner


11th June 2015
Rigaud
's Society Dinner 

18th June 2015
Ben Jonson Drinks 2015

25th June 2015
Medics' Drinks 

TBC July 2015
OW Women's Network Rooftop Drinks

4th July 2015
Henley Drinks


15th September 2015
Young Gaudy

TBC October 2015
New York Reunion

5th November 2015
Elizabethan Club Dinner

26th November 2015
Busby Society Dinner



 


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